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Castle under the Milky Way
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Castle under the Milky Way
Chess on the parapets
The Castle view looking East
Castle Villa from the South
The Castle's High Privacy
The Castle Tower from the West
Well you\'re not completely alone at the Castle
Castle Kitchen
How it feels in the Castle at night
Castle owner Eve, on the right, with family
It\'s open, but rain doesn\'t fall from this direction
This is the cozy lower bedroom
The Castle\'s outdoor shower (first floor)
The Castle Whirlpool Spa
The Castle offers unmatched privacy
Rainbow off the open stairs to the roof
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Coral Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

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indiagin7...
Havertown, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
“A Dream come true”
Reviewed 1 June 2017 for a stay in May 2017

We LOVED our stay at The castle. My husband and I wanted to celebrate our 10 year anniversary at our fave place, St. John, and wanted to share it with our kids, ages 9 and 7. We wanted a place that made it an adventure, was in nature, but comfy. This place was amazingly perfect. The somewhat thrilling 8 min ride up the hill leads to frankly, the best view I have ever seen. Even on a cloudy day, BVI looked like it was right there. The aqua water and coral bay added to this picture perfect scenery. The castle itself is nestled into the side of the mountain and there is no one in sight. True privacy. The openness and layout of the building made it so we could relax inside while feeling like we were outside. In fact, the local animals did not really differentiate between in and out either. Be prepared to become well acquainted with lizards and amphibians, hummingbirds, bananakeets, kingbirds, and a pair of greedy thrushies we named Grabby Patty and Albert. If nature is not your thing, this may not be he place for you, but we LOVED it. We could have stayed there all day everyday, but even though the ride is a bit adventuresome(though not long) it was a quick 10 min to store, 15 -25 min to a bunch of the best beaches in the world (our faves, Salt pond, Maho) and 10 min to tons of coral bay restaurants (our faves, Miss Lucy's, Aqua Bistro and Skinny Legs)

As far as amenities, the castle has plenty of towels for 4, paper towels, toilet paper, linens, dishes, cooking stuff, blender, fridge microwave, games, cards, and a tv we never used. All the needs. You will want to bring your own spices for cooking. The property manager, Rob was very helpful and we even chartered a sailboat ride through him, which was magical. The booking process was easy and thoughful(the owner Jonathon helped me pick dates where we would get the best "celestial show") though we were concerned about paying him directly, as in sending a check to a guy in hopes he has this house. I assure you the house is real and Jonathan is real and it is simply a more casual process than one may be used to when booking a vacation.
The only possible downside for some may be the drive up the hill, but we rather liked it. The kids loved it!! We hope to be lucky enough to visit again some day! It is a piece of art.

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forbachc
Durham, North Carolina
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48 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Wonderful and unique villa on the east side of St. John!”
Reviewed 18 April 2017 for a stay in March 2017
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My wife, 9-year-old son, and I absolutely loved our stay at The Castle! My wife and I stayed on St. John twice previously in two different villas, but my son had not experienced St. John yet. We are thrilled that his first experience was staying at The Castle. We knew from our previous trips that we wanted to stay on the east side of the island, and this location was perfect for us. The drive up from Coral Bay is a bit exciting, but we loved the privacy and feeling of isolation (even though other villas and Coral Bay are only minutes away). The layout of the property is great with the kitchen located in the bottom of the castle and a bedroom/bathroom on the second floor and an observation deck (and giant chess set!) on the top. The other bedroom, open air bathroom, and open living area are all part of a detached building separate from the castle itself (but just footsteps away). We loved having breakfast on the large deck, and the hot tub was a great way to relax at night.

One note: if you are squeamish about critters (lizards, frogs, insects, etc), you might want to look elsewhere. We loved watching the lizards come out at night and catch the insects that were flying around the lamp in the bedroom, and one time we found a cute little frog in the open air bathroom sink! But if this isn't your thing, stay away and leave The Castle for us! :)

The owner does not offer online payments through HomeAway or VRBO, and honestly, this concerned me just a bit (I didn't want to show up on the island and find out we had been scammed). DON'T LET THIS DETER YOU! Jonathan (the owner) promptly answered my many emails and questions, as did the on-site property manager, Rob. They were both very helpful and will give you detailed instructions and recommendations before and during your trip. Additionally, Rob offers a variety of local tours and excursions, and though we did not take advantage of them this time, I hope we will next time. He also plays in a local band, so our first night on the island we had a lovely dinner at Cafe Concordia while enjoying the live music of Rob and his band!

Contact me directly if you have any specific questions with which I can help, but do not pass up this wonderful (and wonderfully unique!) St. John villa. We absolutely look forward to staying there again next time we have the opportunity!

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Timendean
Greenville, South Carolina
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Perfect honeymoon destination for the adventurous”
Reviewed 20 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016

My wife and I stayed at the castle for a week and absolutely loved it. Four wheel drive is a must; the open plan does allow for bugs, small lizards and birds to share the kitchen and living space just a little,but it wasn't disagreeable to us. The weather is a little hard on some of the wood at the property so it's not in perfect condition, but we loved it; the place is a piece of art. That's the adventure side. The property is well furnished and the views are unparalleled. We could happily have stayed all day at the place, but we were at St. John. For the beaches. Coming back to the castle in the evening to grill dinner and getting up in the morning to gorgeous sunrises were certainly highlights of our trip. Jonathan and Rob are each great to work with and very helpful. We would love to return if we are ever able.

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Liked best: The views
Liked least: The bird that kept coming to the kitchen to steal food
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 18-24
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mjgstrave...
Columbus, Ohio
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22 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Stunning views”
Reviewed 18 February 2016 for a stay in January 2016
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Quite simply, a spectacular setting and view. My husband and I spent the entire week trying to decide if this was the best view we've ever had in our extensive travels. We never did quite decide, but it was a great problem to ponder! St. John is my favorite spot in the Caribbean--though I'd never been to the Coral Bay side before. Having seen how busy Cruz Bay has gotten, Coral Bay still retains the older island, low key vibe. The Castle is a romantic, secluded, dream of a place to stay. We left the doors to the tower bedroom open every night for the lovely breezes, and the mosquito netting over the bed was more useful for keeping the moths out while we read at night. The pictures on the site show the view from your pillow when you open your eyes--Caribbean blue meets sky blue. If you are into view and adventure, this is the place for you. Adventure comes in the form of the drive up the mountain to get to the castle. The owner will tell you, you need four wheel drive, and he is not kidding. Even with it, it is a very bumpy 1 mile, 10 minute at best, ride up or down that hill. The first time you do it, you will think OMG! We can't do that again! But gradually you will get more comfortable with it, and appreciate that you are at the top of this mountain with a view that is unsurpassed. Though the snorkeling, and beaches, and sailboats and hikes of the island call, it is hard to leave the castle once you arrive. Note-- the restaurant choices in Coral Bay are less numerous than Cruz but every bit as good. Beaches with just a few people--many days we were the only ones on the beach after 2 or 3. Visited a different beach every day for 9 days. Perfect. Don' miss snorkeling in the mangroves. The caretaker will rent you a kayak you can paddle over to the mangroves and snorkle all day. We can hardly wait to go back. Jonathan Back, the owner, very easy to work with. Castle is unique, very livable and fun, but not for those expecting plush. Outdoor shower and hot tub great.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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123tswr
miami beach
Level 4 Contributor
14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Amazing views”
Reviewed 29 January 2016 for a stay in December 2015
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So we stayed at the castle Christmas vacation with my wife mother in law and two boys 4 and 9. First off the castle is by far the best view on the island 2 rooms lots of space and privacy galore I mean no neighbors to be seen.. The drive up is rough but exciting deer donkeys great for my boys total adventure the place is not the ritz but a beach house (castle) who cares your at the beach everyday.

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KBK82
Berwyn, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great Views/Very Secluded”
Reviewed 7 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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We wanted to try staying in Coral Bay, as we mostly stay in Cruz Bay. We booked this place based on the pictures. It does have a fabulous view, but is a little on the rustic side. That is great as long as you are prepared for it!! The ride up the hill is a little daunting and takes some getting used to. It is not for the faint of heart. The Castle is very open and quite beautiful. The bed was comfortable. The huge window at the foot of the bed allows the sun to wake you every morning at 6:30 so you are up and ready for the day early. There is no dish washer, so be prepared to clean your dishes before using them to make sure they are clean. The kitchen was pretty well equipped, but many of the glasses had chips out of them. The most disappointing thing was that the lounge chairs on the deck were ripped and the cushions old. It could use some new furniture. The outside shower was great!!

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Liked least: Old furniture
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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robertson...
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9 reviews
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“Awesome week on St. John”
Reviewed 24 March 2015 for a stay in March 2015
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Our family of 4 (2 adults and 2 teenage boys) spent the week of March 14-21 on St. John and we stayed at "the Castle" near Coral Bay. We had no trouble getting a taxi from the airport in St. Thomas to the ferry dock in Red Hook and the ferry ride over to St. John was very pleasant. Once the ferry arrived in Cruz Bay we found our rental jeep and headed off to meet Rob at the Calabash Market near the Castle. Rob (the property manager) took us up the long dirt road to the property and showed us around. Rob was very friendly and gave us some valuable tips on getting around the island and things to see and do. The weather was perfect, sunny and in the low 80's every day. There was a constant breeze though the Castle so it stayed very comfortable, even in the afternoon. There was quite a menagerie of critters passing through, lizards, birds, hermit crabs, etc. IMPROTANT TIP: keep the wrought iron gate closed to keep out the donkeys, goats, and deer that wander by.

We very much enjoyed the "off-road adventure" sense of driving up and down the dirt road. We had a 4WD jeep but it was not really necessary although it would certainly come in handy if it had rained during our stay.

The kitchen was well equipped and everything as in good working order. There were two small telescopes but the mirrors were starting to corrode, however, the still collected enough light to be useful at Jupiter and Mars (the night sky was spectacular). The beds were comfortable and there was a cooler, beach towels, and beach chairs for us to use.

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Liked best: The location and the openess of the floor plan.
Liked least: There were a few mosquitos, but not enough to be unpleasant.
Travelling group: Extended Family
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